A House Divided

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A House Divided

September 1 - September 30


The American Civil War influenced, and was greatly influenced by Kentucky during the four-year conflict.
The song “My Old Kentucky Home” progressively altered public perception towards denouncing slavery in the United States. Period abolitionist Frederick Douglass said that My Old Kentucky Home, “awakens sympathies for the slave, in which anti-slavery principles take root, grow, and flourish.”
As armies marched through the Bluegrass State, local communities rationed supplies, provided food and clothing to armies, and always faced the uncertain possibility that their properties may be destroyed or confiscated by either army.
“A House Divided” is a new tour experience never before attempted at My Old Kentucky Home. Tour guests will discover and encounter the realities of the Civil War Era in and around the historic mansion. Hear our tour guides sing “My Old Kentucky Home” – a song which helped to inspire an entire nation to fight for freedom from slavery. See rooms of the mansion transformed for the war-era, including an outstanding collection of weaponry, uniforms, Victorian mourning practices, rationing, the end of slavery, and both Union and Confederate influences on both the Rowan family and Federal Hill mansion.

45 Minute Tour
$8-10 per-person
(discounts available)

Tours begin at 9:15am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm,
1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm. Last tour begins at 4:15pm